Kevin McKniff Helps Power Matadors to Second Straight Santa Barbara Invitational Crown

Jan. 8, 2010

Final Stats

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Cal State Northridge claimed its second consecutive Santa Barbara Invitational as the Matadors defeated Brigham Young 30-25, 31-29, 30-32, 30-19 Friday behind tournament MVP Kevin McKniff's 15 kills.

The Matadors (3-0), who defeated No. 14 UC Santa Barbara and Cal Baptist on Thursday, claimed the Santa Barbara Invitational for the second time is as many years. Northridge defeated Stanford in four sets to win the tournament championship in 2009.

McKniff, a senior from Tucson, Ariz., was virtually unstoppable all tournament long. He had 16 kills while hitting .652 with five blocks in the 3-1 win over No. 14 UC Santa Barbara and came back with 14 kills while hitting .636 to go with five blocks and four aces in the four-set win over Cal Baptist. On Friday, McKniff added 15 kills and a .538 hitting clip to his ledger to go with five digs and three blocks.

Fellow middle blocker Jacek Ratjczak also had an impressive tournament as the senior from Warsaw, Poland had 11 kills in 14 swings to hit .786 in the title match and pick up all-tournament accolades.

Senior Theo Edwards also wrapped up a solid tournament as he pounded a match-high 17 kills to go with eight digs and five blocks (three solo). Mike Gaudino added 10 kills and a team-high nine digs while Matt Stork dished out 61 assists combined with eight digs and a pair of blocks.

Andrew Stewart led BYU with 17 kills (.308).

Cal State Northridge opens the MPSF season next Wednesday, Jan. 13 as the Matadors host UC San Diego at 7 p.m. in The Matadome.

Thursday, January 8 - Second Round Scores Cal State Northridge def. Cal Baptist 3-1 (30-21, 30-32, 30-19, 30-19) BYU def. UCLA 3-2 (30-26, 24-30, 27-30, 30-24, 15-11) UC Irvine def. UC San Diego 3-1 (30-28, 22-30, 30-26, 30-21) Long Beach State def. UC Santa Barbara 3-2 (30-28, 25-30, 25-30, 30-28, 15-10)

Thursday, January 8 - First Round Scores Cal State Northridge def. UC Santa Barbara 3-1 (31-29, 28-10, 30-17, 30-19) UCLA def. UC San Diego 3-2 (30-24, 24-30, 26-30, 31-29, 15-8) BYU def. UC Irvine 3-1 (22-30, 30-26, 30-22, 30-27) Cal Baptist def. Long Beach State 3-2 (31-29, 27-30, 28-30, 30-28)

Friday, January 8 - 7th/8th place match: UC San Diego 3, UC Santa Barbara 2 (30-22, 30-27, 29-31, 26-30, 15-11) Friday, January 8 - 5th/6th place match: UC Irvine 3, Long Beach State 1, (26-30, 30-26, 30-21, 30-26) Friday, January 8 - 3rd/4th place match: Cal Baptist 3, UCLA 0 (35-33, 31-29, 30-19) Friday, January 8 - Championship match: Cal State Northridge 3, BYU 1 (30-25, 31-29, 30-32, 30-19)

Tournament Most Valuable Player Kevin McKniff, MB, 6-7, Sr., Cal State Northridge

All-Tournament Team Jacek Ratajczak, MB, 7-0, Sr., Cal State Northridge Andrew Stewart, OH, 6-6, Sr., BYU Futi Tavana, MB, 6-8, So., BYU Levi Cabral, OH, 6-6, So., Cal Baptist Garrett Muagatutia, OH, 6-5, Sr., UCLA Carson Clark, OPP, 6-5, So., UC Irvine Kevin McKniff, MB, 6-7, Sr., Cal State Northridge

- GO MATADORS -